The Birds And The Bees

Wood pigeons 3


I spent some time in the garden today observing avian activity.

Although some wood pigeons waited hopefully in the beech and in the weeping birch,

where one pair thought about it,

a loving pair petted each other in the as yet naked beech.

Fly on hellebore

Flies were attracted to the hellebores;

Flies on pottery doves

two of them joined a dove threesome on the decking.

Bees plundered the pulmonaria,

and another insect I cannot name sunk its lengthy proboscis into a daffodil.

A cheerful robin trilled encouragement high up in the birch.

This evening we dined at Lal Quilla in Lymington. Before the meal we made a brief list to the quayside where

Motorboat and dinghy

a young man manoeuvred a motor boat and dinghy around


the moored yachts, avoiding disturbing

Reflections of boats

reflections on the water.

Mallard and black headed gulls

Mallards mingled with black headed gulls,

both of which engaged in preening activities.

My choice of meal was Goan lamb with special fried rice. Jackie chose chicken biriani, and we shared onion bahjis. We both drank Kingfisher.

Today’s title was inspired by a recent comment from Mary Tang.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

39 thoughts on “The Birds And The Bees

  1. Doves must have the softest mates to cuddle up with and they are darling. Derrick, it is nice the way we can enlarge the pictures and then scroll through. That is a good theme you are using. Perhaps the insect is, what we call here, a hummingbird moth. Maybe.

  2. This seems like Spring is in full swing with arrival of romance in the air, Derrick. I liked the bees and the long needle-nosed (proboscis) flying insects. It seemed fuzzy like a bee is. Can’t wait to find out if someone identifies it.
    The colorful moored boats and their reflections upon the water were my favorite in this series. I really miss living close to the lakes but do like our dam and reservoir.
    Heading backwards on your blog this sunny Saturday. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

      1. Well, it is still March and I have a few days to catch up with your Beautiful and Colorful posts! Yay for the ID of the insect and Ginene! Blogging friends are such great sources of info and comfort. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

  3. I am not fond of pigeons nor of flies; the former are my permanent enemy for all those nauseating droppings on my car, the latter are none the better for feeding on them. I like the mallards and gulls though, and yachts and motorboats and onion bhajias. I didn’t know you had Kingfisher over there. My favourite though is Budweiser Magnum.

      1. Nothing wrong with calling them ‘bhaji’, except that bhaji is also a curried gravy accompanying soft bread as in ‘pav-bhaji’, another popular fare in Mumbai and thereabouts.

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